From everything I've read it is worth the trip to travel and see the total eclipse. They can be tested before the eclipse by seeing if they project a nice even round image of the normal Sun.
So in 2017 it's our turn to see a total solar eclipse, but you have to be inside what's called the path of totality, which is a 70-mile wide streak of land that will run from Idaho to SC, including mid and east Tennessee and western Kentucky.
"From science lessons about the eclipse, to readings of Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Author's Court" in which a condemned prisoner uses prior knowledge of an eclipse to convince the king that he has special powers to "block out the sun" and thereby earns his release, to Moon Pie and Sun Chips treats, we want this to be a special and fun day of learning", said Thomas County School Superintendent Dr. Find a tree near you and glance down at the ground toward the shadow that is cast by the tree. The sun and the moon appear to be the same size, but the sun is 400 times larger and 400 times further from Earth.
"And then once the moon completely covers the sun, all of a sudden revealed to us is this outer atmosphere of the sun called the corona, which is this silky, ethereal structure", Young says. It's been described as stunning. Even if you're outside the main path, you can still get the treat of a partial eclipse. Also during totality it gets weird, suddenly becoming twilight dark and there is a distinct temperature drop. "This is a great option for viewing the eclipse together as a family, especially if you have been unable to secure a pair of eclipse glasses", said Karyn Perdue, education program manager for The Lab. "Solarscopes actually allow you to see the sun in greater detail". There will be free eclipse shades and solar filtered telescopes on hand for the event. It's a long duration event so spread your looks out. The eclipse starts at 1:21 p.m.at this location, with the maximum eclipse at 2:47 p.m.
Steve Roark is the area forester in Tazewell for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division. A total eclipse will occur on August 21.
"One solar eclipse activity I hope to see less of is the sometimes-ridiculous effort to hunt down stars and planets during totality".